Bacarri Rambo - A TRUE Dawg
Sometimes things get lost in the whirl wind of college football. We love the passion, the padgentry, and the drama. We get so caught up in arguing our point - whether it is our coaching staff, the players, the scheme, the uniforms, expansion, conference supremacy, the NCAA, the BCS, and so on and so on... that we forget about some of the more important things in life.
Now, here in the South, football is important. It truly is a way of life. Our Saturdays revolve around Georgia football. Our moods are dictated - at times - about how our boys play on Saturdays. However, we still have our everyday issues and life to deal with, so we get over it. I think we get caught up so much sometimes that we forget that those boys that wear the red and black are not just football players. They have things that effect them outside of football - just like you and me.
I read Chip Towers' article on Bacarri Rambo last night and it really hit home for me. If you didn't get a chance to read it, here is a little bit that may give a little perspective for all of us fans...
"Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo almost didn’t make the trip to Ole Miss this past Friday. No one would have blamed him if he didn’t.
Only a day earlier, Rambo learned he had lost his unborn son. Braylin A. Rambo died Thursday because of late-pregnancy complications. He was laid to rest Monday in Seminole County. Rambo was there for the funeral."
Pretty heavy. I can only imagine the pain and the agony that this young man has been through. I remember yelling at the TV about Rambo's coverage on that double-reverse pass. I couldn't understand how he wasn't focused enough to see that coming. Now, I'm completely impressed with how focused that young man was given the circumstances.
News like Rambo got would send any normal man to his knees. Yet, this young man - who does not get paid, who plays for Georgia, who chose to play for Georgia, and plays his heart out for Georgia - did not want to let his teammates down, his coaches down, and the Georgia fans down by missing the Ole Miss game.
That's perspective at its finest. I cannot imagine going through what Rambo did and, not just play the game, but thrive in the game with 2 interceptions. I think we can all take a second and think about these young men. Sure, they have the opportunity to play at Georgia and get an education and advance in their football careers - but they chose our university. No matter the record, no matter the score... always cheer for the boys in Red & Black.